Domestic Violence Awareness- October 19, 2011- A Day to Wear Purple   

(Liberty, NY - 1:15 PM) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has announced that “in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness month, The New York State Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence is encouraging everyone in NYS to wear purple on Wednesday, October 19th; 2011. This provides support and solidarity to survivors of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior where one person uses power on another to gain absolute control over him/her. The abuse might not only be physical but might be unseen through psychological, emotional, or economic abuse. For example, it might take the form of someone trying to dictate to the partner not to spend time with friends and family. There are a number of ways of helping, including trying to treat ourselves and others with respect and providing a supportive ear and referral to someone in need. There are programs in Sullivan County for survivors of domestic violence and their families in addition to help provided by police agencies. Safe Passage Domestic Violence Program is a program of the CACHE Agency, Inc. It is a not-for-profit program that specifically serves victims of domestic violence (women and men) and their minor children.  Safe Passage offers an array of free services from a 24 hour hotline – (845) 292-5700, advocacy and accompaniment, safe emergency shelter, assistance and advocacy in the legal system, individual supportive counseling, support groups, and community education and awareness.

During the month of October, the program will be displaying the Clothesline Project along with tables of information throughout the county, as part of their outreach and awareness.  The display will be seen the week beginning October 17, 2011, in the Catskill Regional Medical Center cafeteria and the following week at the Sullivan County Department of Social Services. Also during this month, the program is encouraging the community to be a part of a state wide campaign to “Shine the Light” on Domestic Violence by wearing a purple ribbon and decorating and lighting your porches purple.  The Sullivan County Government Center has already joined by lighting the North Street entrance in Purple.

Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) provide empowerment and healing for survivors of sexual abuse, many of whom may be survivors of domestic violence. RISE offers workshops, a 24 hour helpline – (845) 791-9595, information and referral, support groups, confidential counseling, police, court and emergency room advocacy, and volunteer training, at no charge.

The Sullivan County Probation Department Crime Victims Program – (845) 807-0351 – provides services to all victims of crime in Sullivan County and their families, including survivors of domestic violence.  The services offered by the program, at no cost to victims, include compassionate listening and emotional support, accompaniment to court, hospitals, and police agencies, preparation of victim impact statements submitted to sentencing courts, referrals to available services, advocacy with service providers and criminal justice agencies, and assistance in filing a claim for compensation with the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS), if applicable.  OVS benefits may include reimbursement for medical expenses and lost wages due to injuries from a crime.

In addition to the above telephone numbers, the National Domestic Violence Hotline number is (800) 799-SAFE”.

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